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Hospital charity raises thousands at glamorous Hollywood-themed ball

PUBLISHED: 09:00 14 December 2016 | UPDATED: 12:21 14 December 2016

Back row from left, Matthew Hopkins BHRUT chief executive, King George and Queen's Hospitals Charity chief executive  George Woods and community fundraiser Torren Mahmut.  Front row, Rebecca Hills, charity assistant, Lynda Head, fundraising manager, Marina Sheriff, fundraising and marketing officer and Rochelle Hodds fundraising and marketing officer.

Back row from left, Matthew Hopkins BHRUT chief executive, King George and Queen's Hospitals Charity chief executive George Woods and community fundraiser Torren Mahmut. Front row, Rebecca Hills, charity assistant, Lynda Head, fundraising manager, Marina Sheriff, fundraising and marketing officer and Rochelle Hodds fundraising and marketing officer.

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Hollywood came to Hainault on Friday as a hospital charity held its first black-tie Christmas ball.

A Shirley Bassey impersonator entertained the crowd at the King George and Queen's Hospitals Charity Christmas ball.A Shirley Bassey impersonator entertained the crowd at the King George and Queen's Hospitals Charity Christmas ball.

Worthy of an Oscar, the King George and Queen’s Hospitals Charity put on a show stopper of an event to raise vital funds to improve the experience of patience, visitors and staff.

Around 388 people attended the ball held at The Willows, Forest Road, Hainault, and a whopping £46,000 was raised through ticket sales, sponsorship, raffle tickets and auctions.

“The ball was a resounding success,” said a charity spokeswoman.

Top lots included Drake and Take That concert tickets.

From left, x-ray department clerical worker, Julie Smith and Elaine Edgeworth from audiology.From left, x-ray department clerical worker, Julie Smith and Elaine Edgeworth from audiology.

“We are extremely proud of everything the hospitals provide. We do not subsidise core NHS services but listen to the ideas, concerns and innovations of hospital staff, patients and visitors and try to turn these into reality.

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